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sweeping (countable and uncountable, plural sweepings)
- (countable) An instance of sweeping.
- The sidewalk needed a sweeping every morning.
- (uncountable) The activity of sweeping.
- Sweeping took all morning.
- The sidewalk needed sweeping every morning.
an instance of sweeping
the activity of sweeping
sweeping (comparative more sweeping, superlative most sweeping)
- Wide, broad, affecting or touching upon many things.
- The government will bring in sweeping changes to the income tax system.
- He loves making sweeping statements without the slightest evidence.
- 1947 January and February, O. S. Nock, “"The Aberdonian" in Wartime”, in Railway Magazine, page 7:
- We steamed easily across the first part of the Tay Bridge, and then after passing over the long spans in mid-stream we coasted smoothly down the 1 in 114 gradient, and around the sweeping curve through Esplanade Station.
- 2013 June 18, Simon Romero, “Protests Widen as Brazilians Chide Leaders”, in New York Times, retrieved 21 June 2013:
- By the time politicians in several cities backed down on Tuesday and announced that they would cut or consider reducing fares, the demonstrations had already morphed into a more sweeping social protest, with marchers waving banners carrying slogans like “The people have awakened.”
- 2022 January 12, Nigel Harris, “Comment: Unhappy start to 2022”, in RAIL, number 948, page 3:
- The thing is, we've even had formal confirmation from Government itself that the crucial research required to make such sweeping claims hasn't been done!
- Completely overwhelming.
- He claimed a sweeping victory.
- (wide; broad): across-the-board; see also Thesaurus:comprehensive or Thesaurus:generic
wide, broad, affecting many things
completely overwhelming — See also translations at overwhelming
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